Saturday Workshop: How To Make Your Writing MOVE

Creative Writing is one of those “good news/bad news” situations.  The good news is that every writing tool you know and use can help make a story or poem or novel “move” more.  The bad news is that every writing tool you know and use can ALSO make the movement and momentum of a story or poem or novel simply shudder limply and grind quite unmajestically to a stop.

All your writing tools, by definition, slow your writing down – because, by definition, they all use up the reader’s time and space and energy and attention. How you choose to manage that movement and momentum (ultimately your readers’ time and attention) are the keys to a better literary piece.

Explore how to establish and maintain movement and momentum in your writing to your advantage.  In this workshop you’ll be exposed to several writing techniques that improve motion and momentum, and do a few short writing exercises yourself to get the feel for how a few of these techniques  work and/or “fit” your writing (time permitting). Much of the focus for this workshop is on dialogue and description.


This workshop is free and open to the public. Breakfast pastries will be provided, but bring your own caffeine!

  • What & Who: Creative writing workshop, “How To Make Your Writing MOVE” will be conducted by Gary Lawrence, short story author and creative writing instructor.
  • When: Saturday, September 9th from 9:30AM to 11:30AM.
  • Where: GCC Main, Room LA-141.
  • Why: Because you REALLY don’t have anything better to do.

Gary Lawrence teaches composition and creative writing for GCC and Cochise College.  He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He published an anthology of short stories in 2013 called Baffled. Gary has given several workshops at GCC before, with topics ranging from “Time in Fiction” to “Short Story Sequences” to “Writing Style.” Most recently Gary has published fiction and CNF  short stories in Canyon Voices (ASU West’s Literary Ezine) and Cochise College’s Mirage.   Gary currently lives in Sierra Vista and teaches CRW170/270 online for GCC.


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